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Porthtowan Beach Blue Flag Clean Beach Winner 2016



Porthtowan Beach is a sandy beach that at low tide stretches to around a mile and a half in length, and backed by impressive and dramatic cliffs. From this beach at low tide you can walk to the neighbouring and equally stunning beach at Chapel Porth. This Blue Flag award winning beach is one of Cornwall’s most popular surfing beaches which is set within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Porthtowan Beach is also renowned as one of the top family beaches on this coast, the large expanse of sand is perfect for families to enjoy the day, but also at the top end of the beach there’s a children’s play park.


Porthtowan beach has lifeguards during the summer months that patrol each and everyday, from morning till dusk, so you can feel very safe if you fancy a swim. Please be sure to observe the flags, and the beach safety code.

Nearby Beaches


Chapel Porth Beach (0.7m)


Trevaunance Cove (2.9m)


Portreath Beach (3.1m)


Trevellas Porth Beach (3.3m)


Bassets Cove (4.4m)


Greenbank Cove (5.1m)


Perranporth Beach (6.0m)


Penhale Sands (6.9m)


Beach Specifics


Beach Type Parking Facilities


Large car park

Lifeguard Service Facilities

RNLI Lifeguard cover from May to October.

Easter bank holiday and weekends April & October

Toilets, Cafe and Shops. Surf Hire

Dog Friendly ? Disabled Access

Dog ban between April and October.

Level access to beach. Toilets

OS Grid Reference - SW 69180 48012

X (Easting) : Y (Northing) - 169180 : 048012

Postcode (nearest) TR4 8GY

Grid Reference (6 figure) - SW691480

Latitude : Longitude : 50.286817 : -5.2416158



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